The Paper Windmill Theater Troupe (紙風車劇團) plans to begin a seven-year tour on Saturday dedicated to entertaining children in the nation’s 368 townships, cities and districts, with the aim of bringing more theater to rural areas, the troupe said.
The theater, founded in 1992 by playwrights and filmmakers, performs children’s plays, dances, puppet theater, black-light theater and multimedia shows.
The first leg of the tour will start with a performance in the art square at the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, which will be free of charge, the troupe said.
The troupe will perform its new production, The Taiwan Fantasia, which consists of a story about Don Quixote, a piece that interprets renowned Taiwanese and world paintings with body movements, and one that depicts the father-son relationship through live actors, puppets and multimedia.
The production also includes a story about fish, a black-light theater piece and a piece that tells the history of the county from whatever location the performance is being held.
“In our new production, we hope to strengthen art education and familiarize children with the history of their hometown,” said Minny Chang (張敏宜), vice president of the Paper Windmill Arts Foundation administration.
The troupe’s last tour lasted five years and covered all 319 townships that existed at the time before ending in December 2011. It aimed to bridge the cultural gap between rural and urban areas, and ensure that every child in the nation has the opportunity to enjoy a live theatrical performance.
The troupe staged performances in townships that could raise NT$350,000 from local individuals and corporations. It did not accept any money from the government.
Chang said for the new tour, any township that could raise NT$450,000 could have a performance. Donations from corporations are restricted to NT$400,000 per show to encourage participation from individuals, she added.